Jason Cleckler, Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO, has been recognized as a "Top 50 Rural Hospital CEO to Know in 2018" by the National Rural Health Association. This marks the second year in a row Cleckler has been recognized nationally for his leadership. In 2017 he was listed among the Top 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.
In accepting nominations for this list, Becker's Healthcare considered leaders making a positive impact on their organizations. The featured CEOs lead hospitals consistently recognized by the National Rural Health Association, American Hospital Association and HIMSS as top institutions; others sit on local chamber of commerce boards and serve state hospital associations.
They have overcome significant challenges operating rural community and critical access hospitals to lead sustainable and thriving organizations. Many CEOs have served their institutions for decades, recruiting physicians, expanding services and implementing technology platforms to ensure the best care possible for their communities.
Since joining Delta County Memorial Hospital in 2012, Cleckler has overseen the hospital's transition into a health care system employing more than 600 people at locations throughout Delta County. He oversees a payroll of more than $30 million and is currently working with his team to strategically plan for the future, with an emphasis on long-term financial viability. In 2017, the hospital opened a new primary care clinic as well as an additional walk-in clinic that provides prevention and wellness services. On the state level, Cleckler has participated in a Colorado Hospital Association-organized state legislator briefing on the impact of the ACA and has been featured on National Public Radio in Denver to discuss healthcare issues. In 2017, the National Rural Health Association and iVantage Health Analytics named DCMH among the top 100 rural community hospitals in the nation.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.